Bosnia & Herzegovina

TitlePro Local - Innovations in SMEs of the wood sector: Market knowledge, Trends, Product
Development and Export Growth
Type of projectLocal Economic Development
ClientDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany
Origin of fundingDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany
Duration09/2016 - 04/2019

In general, the productivity of companies in BiH and the quality and quantity of their products often do not meet the requirements of international markets. However, in certain sectors - including furniture manufacturing, metal processing, food production esp. fruit and berry cultivation - the potential is there to satisfy the demand of the domestic market and export products to the EU and other countries.

From the current situation in this sector and the projection of a desirable future situation, the project interventions in the following field are necessary to overcome the gaps:

  1. Access to markets / market approach skill development
  2. Production organisation / productivity and work processes
  3. Resources / quality infrastructure / certification
  4. Innovation / networking with institutions

Activities related to innovation:

Facilitating cooperation between companies, universities and public sector:

  • Assessment of institutions and partner organizations relevant for triple helix methodology
  • Transfer of knowledge and know how related to triple helix
  • Development of action plan with recommendations
  • Support of the creation of network/s between different institutions- triple helix in practice

Facilitating innovative cooperation between companies

  • Assessment of potential companies for joint cooperation on innovative products
  • Support of companies of study trips order to see and adopt best practices
  • Support of targeted companies in testing, introducing and implementation of innovative brands/products/services

Promotion of innovations, R&D, technology demonstration and know-how transfer